Collins willing to play either safety spot

Landon Collins admits that he was disappointed when he wasn't selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, but the talented safety is determined to use his selection by the Giants in round two as a stepping stone.

It may have seemed like the New York Giants might be lost without the presence of veteran Antrel Rolle for the 2015 NFL season. But if there was ever a rookie player capable of making a seamless transition into the role left open by Rolle’s departure, Alabama’s Landon Collins was the perfect option.

The Giants moved up seven spots and traded their fourth- and seventh-round picks in the NFL Draft to snatch up the highly touted safety. In doing so, they may have secured the well-being of the deep half of the field for the foreseeable future.

“Yesterday was a disappointment for me missing out on the first round,” Collins said during his conference call with the media Friday. “I’ll use it as a stepping stone … to showcase that I’m ready and ready to play and ready to step on the field and do what I’ve been doing since I was playing at four years old.”

The 21-year-old Louisiana native was present for the first round of the draft at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, but when he went unpicked he decided to fly back home to enjoy the rest of the process with his family. Originally projected by many draft pundits to be an early first-round pick, it was a bit of a surprise to see him fall into the second round. The Giants were obviously just as surprised and could not pass up on the All-American again (they selected tackle Ereck Flowers with the ninth pick).

With only Cooper Taylor and Nat Berhe on the roster at safety for the G-Men, Collins looks like he could be primed for a starting gig from day one in New York. He should prove to be a valuable asset in new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s defense with the skillset to be used in a variety of ways.

“I can play sides of the field, strong or free. It doesn’t matter,” he said when asked which safety position he may be better suited for. “I’ve been doing it in college. It does not matter which safety I play.”

As many have already noted, Collins is a premier “in-the-box” safety. He doesn’t have the range necessary to be a reliable free safety deep in coverage. He is a stellar run stopper with the ability to deliver punishing tackles at will. He shows superb athleticism and ball skills, enabling him to drop back in coverage against tight ends, as well as blitz off the edge and play up close in nickel packages. It’s well documented how much the Giants love adding versatile players to the roster. The ability to play a multitude of roles has been beneficial to an athlete throughout Tom Coughlin’s tenure as the team’s head coach.

"I just see [Collins] as a safety,” general manager Jerry Reese told NJ.com. “One or the other has to come down into the box at some point and they have to go back and play coverage at some point. I think he's just a versatile safety."


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It may have seemed like the New York Giants might be lost without the presence of veteran Antrel Rolle for the 2015 NFL season. But if there was ever a rookie player capable of making a seamless transition into the role left open by Rolle’s departure, Alabama’s Landon Collins was the perfect option.

The Giants moved up seven spots and traded their fourth- and seventh-round picks in the NFL Draft to snatch up the highly touted safety. In doing so, they may have secured the well-being of the deep half of the field for the foreseeable future.

“Yesterday was a disappointment for me missing out on the first round,” Collins said during his conference call with the media Friday. “I’ll use it as a stepping stone … to showcase that I’m ready and ready to play and ready to step on the field and do what I’ve been doing since I was playing at four years old.”

The 21-year-old Louisiana native was present for the first round of the draft at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre, but when he went unpicked he decided to fly back home to enjoy the rest of the process with his family. Originally projected by many draft pundits to be an early first-round pick, it was a bit of a surprise to see him fall into the second round. The Giants were obviously just as surprised and could not pass up on the All-American again (they selected tackle Ereck Flowers with the ninth pick).

With only Cooper Taylor and Nat Berhe on the roster at safety for the G-Men, Collins looks like he could be primed for a starting gig from day one in New York. He should prove to be a valuable asset in new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s defense with the skillset to be used in a variety of ways.

“I can play sides of the field, strong or free. It doesn’t matter,” he said when asked which safety position he may be better suited for. “I’ve been doing it in college. It does not matter which safety I play.”

As many have already noted, Collins is a premier “in-the-box” safety. He doesn’t have the range necessary to be a reliable free safety deep in coverage. He is a stellar run stopper with the ability to deliver punishing tackles at will. He shows superb athleticism and ball skills, enabling him to drop back in coverage against tight ends, as well as blitz off the edge and play up close in nickel packages. It’s well documented how much the Giants love adding versatile players to the roster. The ability to play a multitude of roles has been beneficial to an athlete throughout Tom Coughlin’s tenure as the team’s head coach.

\"I just see [Collins] as a safety,” general manager Jerry Reese told NJ.com. “One or the other has to come down into the box at some point and they have to go back and play coverage at some point. I think he's just a versatile safety.\"

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